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Postcards from Gravelly Beach



"Postcards from Gravelly Beach" podcast features Dave O reading original works plus from selected literary stalwarts - from Russians to beats - along with smatterings from original works, backed by an eclectic assortment of music.Spoken word literature fr



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Friendly Dehli Wanders – Postcard #71

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:20:53 +0000

First reflecting on Funiculars, Dave then reads works by poet friends from far-flung points including: Sohaib Ahmed recounting escaped love and lights, Adam Burningham examining towns atop streams, Amber Case on a languid roadtrip, and Robert Scales appreciating a sunrise and oblivion – plus music by guitarist Matt Harding and a rainstorm, crickets and cicadas from … Continue reading Friendly Dehli Wanders – Postcard #71 (image)


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A Return to Nippon – Postcard #70

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 00:20:19 +0000

Returning to Japan for the first time since working as a mushroom farmer in the Tottori-ken mountains decades previous, Dave rambles on about the circumstance – then and now – while wandering near his pal’s goat farm. Riffs include: arriving in the snow and getting settled, bailing on job, hitch-hiking around islands, falling in love(ish), eating … Continue reading A Return to Nippon – Postcard #70 (image)


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Preserving the Wildflower – Postcard #69

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 00:20:33 +0000

What becomes of the seemingly ephemeral creations we leave behind? Especially in the analog-days? Consider these in the context of missing cassette tapes made by a now departed poet/activist/scholar Foster and guitar-ing Mikael, who recorded spontaneous youthful riffs in parent’s basement in Utah. In this postcard, Mikael  Lewis sings “Wildflower (for Foster)” written by Dave in … Continue reading Preserving the Wildflower – Postcard #69 (image)


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Changing Transit Routes – Postcard #68

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 00:20:52 +0000

Changing routes to think about the neighbourhoods – this Postcard is about rolling transit, everyplace and anywhere. Evidence comes in a transit route inspired spoken-word song and a smattering of poems including: odes to drivers, forgotten literary neighbourhoods, angry passengers, observed newspapers around Vancouver… plus a bit of Clayton the busker in the Seabus tunnel … Continue reading Changing Transit Routes – Postcard #68 (image)


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Annapurna’s Holy Donkeys – Postcard #67

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:20:58 +0000

Amongst Nepal’s western Himalaya mountains comes poems about donkey trains hauling supplies, buffalos giving milk, porters hauling excess for misguided dreamers, monks with timeless chants, sunrise over mighty peaks, prayer wheels alongside trails to evoke the feeling of clambering along ancient stone paths shared with goats and farmers growing rice, lentils and children taking cold … Continue reading Annapurna’s Holy Donkeys – Postcard #67 (image)


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Lonely Cold Water Flat – Postcard #66

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 00:20:07 +0000

Life in hotels, wandering alone and often blue and then the death of friends all converge in a series of poems including a song by Mikael Lewis about waiting for love in a Victorian hotel. Then, from the streets of Rome with a cappuccino comes a series about departed Rod H. Ash, including “Time Traveller” … Continue reading Lonely Cold Water Flat – Postcard #66 (image)


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Dad’s Malibu Super Sport – Postcard #65

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 00:20:39 +0000

When I was growing up, Dad often spoke of his Chevy Malibu SS – his favourite car.  So, while on his death bed, I asked him to tell the story. He speaks about acquiring the vehicle, the budget, the deal, the financing terms and oh, also about the car and how he enjoyed having a … Continue reading Dad’s Malibu Super Sport – Postcard #65 (image)


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Leaping Beyond Cynicism – Postcard #64

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 04:24:56 +0000

In tumultuous and confusing times, optimism and activism are the powerful antidotes for cynicism and fear. Two Bills share songs to assist in making this point. First B/William Lenker plays a spontaneous Squatters in Zion from his Steamboat Island woodshop, then Dave spiels about courageous – and sadly deceased Olympian – Rachel Corrie, followed by Billy … Continue reading Leaping Beyond Cynicism – Postcard #64 (image)


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Remembrance Day with Vasco’s Bones – Postcard #63

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 19:11:33 +0000

From an olden church and (otherwise vacant) cenotaph at Fort Cochin, Kerala, India, Dave O – acknowledging an extended medical and death related hiatus – discusses the local history of colonization by Portuguese explorers, Dutch traders, then British Raj in the context of the colonization leading to exploitation, conscription and war with no meaning to … Continue reading Remembrance Day with Vasco’s Bones – Postcard #63 (image)


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Poetic Stories about Goalies – Postcard #62

Thu, 10 Jun 2010 09:48:51 +0000

Poet Randall Maggs discusses his book “Night Work” about the troubled soul of legendary hockey goalie Terry Sawchuk plus the nuances of story-telling, conversations with goaltenders, Sawchuk’s Ukrainian heritage and convergence of history and hockey with host Dave Thorvald Olson at the Robson Square covered outdoor rink in Vancouver following a poetry reading promoted by … Continue reading Poetic Stories about Goalies – Postcard #62 (image)


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Vimy Ridge Diaries on Remembrance Day – Postcard # 61

Thu, 26 Nov 2009 06:16:49 +0000

On Remembrance Day in sunny, brisk Vancouver, Ian Bell (fresh from a CBC appearance “On The Coast“) joins Dave to read from Grandpa Mark’s diaries written in the trenches in WW1 as a young Canadian. From the library steps with a flask of scotch, they reflect on the costs and motivations of war, importance of … Continue reading Vimy Ridge Diaries on Remembrance Day – Postcard # 61 (image)


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Forests and Oceans Without End – Postcard # 60

Sat, 18 Jul 2009 13:56:01 +0000

From a forested pathway along the open Pacific between Tofino and Ucluelet, DaveO reads poetry from Gary Snyder’s Myths + Texts and Rip Rap plus essays about Wobblies, timber-jacks, logging camp culture, and giant trees from Beloved of the Sky then the words Siddhartha the Buddha spoke upon achieving enlightenment. Strap on your boots for: Forests … Continue reading Forests and Oceans Without End – Postcard # 60 (image)


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Owl Creek Limnology and Exploration – Postcard # 59

Sat, 04 Apr 2009 15:47:54 +0000

Dave O spiels forth about the exploration of rivers and lakes, the impetus for ventures and motivations for trade ~ augmented by autoharp songs by Larry Harper dreaming of floating the Colorado River down Glen Canyon ~ then freeverse – mostly from stumbling around Europa in 1992 – thinking about connectedness, lifespans of mysteries and … Continue reading Owl Creek Limnology and Exploration – Postcard # 59 (image)


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Three Days and Eleven Dollars, Nov. 1991 – Postcard #58

Sun, 01 Mar 2009 14:30:45 +0000

By a campfire on Owl Creek, Dave reads an instructional guide to hitch-hiking about a November trip from South Carolina to Rhode Island with a series of tips including smiling, signs, watches, and going with the flow while Dan Funboy noodles on guitar. Stick your thumb out for Three Days and Eleven Dollars, Nov. 1991 … Continue reading Three Days and Eleven Dollars, Nov. 1991 – Postcard #58 (image)


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Arizona with Ole Gramps – Postcard #57

Fri, 27 Feb 2009 18:47:20 +0000

While summertime camping alongside Owl Creek and charging the recorder with the rays of the sun, Dave reads a short story written while on the road with ole dead Grandpa called So the Legends Go (.pdf) – a portrait of life one morning in Navajo Nation in 1987 – accompanied by adolescent observations and musings. … Continue reading Arizona with Ole Gramps – Postcard #57 (image)


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Hitch a Thousand Miles to See a Friend – Postcard #56

Sun, 15 Feb 2009 02:05:25 +0000

From Halfmoon Bay on Vancouver Island, Dave gives it up for zen poet hero Gary Snyder and recounts beat history from The Old Ways and logging culture from Myths and Texts plus poems about hitchhiking, girls, baths, clearcuts and the Buddha plus original freeverse poetry.(image)


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Chronicling Interesting Boulders – Postcard #55

Thu, 28 Aug 2008 04:50:35 +0000

Alongside raging Lynn Creek, Dave remarks about boulders which are indeed interesting as the sign pointed out, then reads a haibun about books and statues on a curly maple shelf, and poems about buying hardware and fruit in Bucerias, mysterious curves and clouds, and solace for weary delirious travelers, while Wm. Lenker sings the traditional … Continue reading Chronicling Interesting Boulders – Postcard #55 (image)


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Post-apocalyptic Skunks and Fevers – Postcard #54

Fri, 25 Jul 2008 02:48:48 +0000

From a skunk-scented perch along Mosquito Creek, Dave spiels about feverish dreams in a Mexican clinic, personal archeology, mirages about the Wonder Hotel, and reads verse about late trains, dammed rivers, watching ships, and men in white coats walking past. Take your vitamins for Post-apocalyptic Skunks and Fevers – Postcard #54 (.mp3, 16:35, 15MB) Read … Continue reading Post-apocalyptic Skunks and Fevers – Postcard #54 (image)


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Howling at Land and Sea – Postcards #53

Mon, 21 Jul 2008 10:22:40 +0000

Visiting the Woodshop on Steamboat Island amidst hayfever and national holidays, Dave and Wm. Lenker exchange spontaneous musical freeverse tales of Pennsylvania, Agana Harbour (Guam), Jericho Beach (Vancouver), and Lake Crescent (Washington) while wounded Samson howls along. Weigh anchor for Howling at Land and Sea – Postcard #53 (.mp3, 17:51, 16MB) Photo by DaveO on … Continue reading Howling at Land and Sea – Postcards #53 (image)


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Skyscraper Stories about Oceans and Forests – Postcard #52

Thu, 31 Jan 2008 05:56:43 +0000

From a Lougheed skyscraper comes an improvisational reading with guitars – first more ocean-inspired works from Tristan Corbière, Victor Hugo and Dave Olson into a freeform spoken word account of trip down the Pacific Coast highway to a haunted roadhouse with sequoias growing an inch a day. Roust yerself for Skyscraper Stories about Oceans and … Continue reading Skyscraper Stories about Oceans and Forests – Postcard #52 (image)


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Banjo Sea Shanties and Beat Train Rambles – Postcard #51

Sat, 12 Jan 2008 07:15:32 +0000

Starting at the Steamboat Island Woodshed, Dave rambles salty original freeverse with Wm. Lenker on banjo and traces personal poetic lineage winding through French impressionalist/symbolist and Brittany sea-coaster Tristan Corbière (prefaced by Victor Hugo). Then – as sleet, slush and hail beats down on the Mosquito Creek studio skylight – rolls into the beat American … Continue reading Banjo Sea Shanties and Beat Train Rambles – Postcard #51 (image)


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Poetic Ghosts of New Years Past – Postcard #50

Thu, 03 Jan 2008 07:46:47 +0000

An aural montage of past new years’ evenings featuring Dave O reading from Jack London’s “To Build a Fire” next to crackling cabin woodstove on Pender Island (note scratching dog and someone with a stuffy nose), followed by a latenight freeverse message to Napoleon, a languid tale recorded in a garage about a bewildering New … Continue reading Poetic Ghosts of New Years Past – Postcard #50 (image)


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Meandering Past Monuments of Remembrance – Postcards #49

Fri, 09 Nov 2007 16:06:03 +0000

Wrapping up the White Poppies for Remembrance series with a narrative late-night wander through Westminster, London, DaveO meanders past military monuments, victory squares, cenotaphs, palaces, royal parks, war museum, war chambers, riot fences, war protesters, churches, parliament and finishing at St. James park for a sitdown under a weeping willow to consider monarchy, individual rights … Continue reading Meandering Past Monuments of Remembrance – Postcards #49 (image)


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Peace to Soldiers and Strangers – Postcard #48

Wed, 24 Oct 2007 00:37:08 +0000

Back home on the North Vancouver porch, Dave reads from Clay Mcleod’s essay Why I Don’t Wear a Poppy while sending peace and resistance towards the decent lieutenant Magnum in Iraq and the Philippines along with earnest comrades at arms and peaceful strangers in war torn lands. Plus he admonishes the Canadian Legion for blocking … Continue reading Peace to Soldiers and Strangers – Postcard #48 (image)


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Waiting (and Resisting) in Baghdad – Postcard #47

Thu, 16 Aug 2007 06:25:16 +0000

A story about Iraqi resistance fighters and their personal motivations by a young writer called Waiting in Baghdad is the crux of the next White Poppies for Remembrance episode – read from the homeporch with a Welsh mining lantern and firetrucks rolling past. Written by Chris K, a player on a dave-coached in-line hockey team … Continue reading Waiting (and Resisting) in Baghdad – Postcard #47 (image)


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(Meta)Physical Conditions of the Environment – Postcard #46

Thu, 05 Jul 2007 04:51:59 +0000

Taking a Remembrance Day respite to enjoy a conscious discussion with ‘Trigger’ at Vancouver’s New Amsterdam Cafe, Dave O listens to the consequences and conditions of space, in tangible and gestalt senses, and reviews the paradigm shifts of Vancouver’s downtown Eastside ‘four corners’ – once one of the grandest intersections in the British Empire. Later, … Continue reading (Meta)Physical Conditions of the Environment – Postcard #46 (image)


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Awakening to the Dawn of Potential – Postcard #45

Tue, 22 May 2007 13:04:13 +0000

Part 6 of the “White Poppies for Remembrance” series considers the opportunity cost of the lost human potential while at the Victory cenotaph in downtown Vancouver – along the way, troubadours sing about Providence, Joyful(ness) along with spontaneous percussion-scapes and city bus brakes. DaveO examines the value of life with Gord Downie‘s swift deconstructions of … Continue reading Awakening to the Dawn of Potential – Postcard #45 (image)


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Righteous Declarations for Humans – Postcard #44

Sun, 13 May 2007 21:58:57 +0000

Part 5 of the White Poppies for Remembrance series continues with Dave at Victory Park, this time reading the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (adopted by General Assembly Dec. 10th 1948) with riffs on tolerance, human relations, common understanding and mutual respect, including a healthy sampling of articles on brotherhood, privacy, special treatment … Continue reading Righteous Declarations for Humans – Postcard #44 (image)


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Pondering Flanders at the Cenotaph – Postcard#43

Fri, 27 Apr 2007 17:21:41 +0000

Finding Victory Park cenotaph in post-ceremony calm, Dave settles onto a bench for lost sailors with some bagpipers to chat about John Macrae’s “Flander’s Field” poem and mull the tension between remembering noble effort and embracing jingoistic behaviour. This conundrum is evident in snippets of an essay by Stephen Osborne – The Poem and the … Continue reading Pondering Flanders at the Cenotaph – Postcard#43 (image)


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Buddhas in the Trenches – Postcard #42

Mon, 23 Apr 2007 05:09:35 +0000

Part Three of the White Poppies for Remembrance series (recorded Nov. 2006) features reading from the Dhammapada by Siddhartha Gautama while waiting for the Seabus heading towards Victory Park. Along the way, Dave talks about conscientious objection and military service evaders in Canada, mercy and the state of the downtown eastside. Wander along for Buddhas … Continue reading Buddhas in the Trenches – Postcard #42 (image)


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White Poppies on a Rainyday Coat – Postcard #41

Sun, 15 Apr 2007 04:19:53 +0000

Part Two of the White Poppies for Remembrance series finds Dave O eating oatmeal in North Van before heading downtown Vancouver to check in on Remembrance Day remembering activities. While having a bite to eat, he explains the mission of the White Poppies for Peace (a Peace Pledge Union project) folks based in the UK … Continue reading White Poppies on a Rainyday Coat – Postcard #41 (image)


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Geological Storytime with Sheep – Postcard #40

Fri, 13 Apr 2007 22:27:16 +0000

Down on Lenker’s farm, Dave O checks in on the animal inventory and riffs his own freeverse poetry on canyon exploration, a groaning generation and tense search for authenticity and truth re-mixed with Bill’s Pennsylvanian poetics about frost heaves and nurturing life accompanied with his salty guitar jamble. Then, in the woodshed, Dave tells a … Continue reading Geological Storytime with Sheep – Postcard #40 (image)


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Vanquishing Grecian Warlords – Postcard #39

Wed, 14 Mar 2007 05:43:17 +0000

Embarking on a White Poppies for Remembrance Day series, Dave reads the role of King Agamemnon from the Oresteia by Aeschylus written in the 6th century BC. The King returns to Argos by chariot with a captured royal concubine in tow and tales of plunder and pillage after defeating Troy and is met by his … Continue reading Vanquishing Grecian Warlords – Postcard #39 (image)


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Improvising Over Hedges – Postcards #38

Mon, 12 Mar 2007 07:03:32 +0000

Busting out a bit of original (un)sung freeverse with a new mic plus guitar-toting amigo Bread, a shaker egg and a stack of freeverse fortified with improvisational bits about the mortar holding the middle of bricks, leaping over hedges, waiting for airplanes and diesels downshifting and being … so tired but sometimes so inspired bewildered … Continue reading Improvising Over Hedges – Postcards #38 (image)


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San Francisco Mission Stroll with Jack – Postcard #37

Mon, 01 Jan 2007 17:08:18 +0000

Continuing on with Kerouac’s San Francisco Blues, DaveO strolls down The Mission reading Jack’s choruses written on the same street in 1954 while observing butter trucks, museums and tolling bells and listening to Clayton the Seabus busker sing about going home. Listen to San Francisco Mission Stroll with Jack (.mp3, 11:32, 13MB) Subscribe to Feed … Continue reading San Francisco Mission Stroll with Jack – Postcard #37 (image)


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Kerouac Choruses at Third and Harrison – Postcard #36

Wed, 06 Dec 2006 08:14:16 +0000

In San Francisco on an early morning stroll with a French curled tie, Dave O performs contemporary reconnaissance of an intersection described by Jack Kerouac in San Francisco Blues and discusses Kerouac’s motivations and system for creating these Blues poems. Geographically speaking, the additional observations include bridge commuters, urine puddles, hot dog and motorcycle tire … Continue reading Kerouac Choruses at Third and Harrison – Postcard #36 (image)


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Sea Rescue Spontaneity from the Woodshop – Postcard #35

Sun, 22 Oct 2006 05:41:39 +0000

Along with Mr. Lenker of Steamboat Island and his guitar, large hounds and varied livestock, Dave reads poems “Refined, Not Created” and “Aye Carpathia,” while Bill sings about the “Man with a Rebel Soul” – followed by reading of “This and That: with guitar improvisation… from deep in the woodshop studio. To the boats for: … Continue reading Sea Rescue Spontaneity from the Woodshop – Postcard #35 (image)



Lanterns for Welsh Miners – Postcard #34

Tue, 17 Oct 2006 00:43:57 +0000

Dave reads a smattering from Gary Snyder, Jack Kerouac and original verse written in Germany in 1992, joined by Trauben the hitchhiking acupuncturist (who toils to understand a Welsh miner’s lantern), the lads chat about flowing chi, Cascade mountain lookouts the author as a young writer while attempting to communicate with racoons – possibly bearing … Continue reading Lanterns for Welsh Miners – Postcard #34 (image)



Tea with Chinese Masters – Postcard #33

Sat, 16 Sep 2006 00:15:05 +0000

Dave checks in with the words of Chinese literature aficionado Lu Ji with his notes on the writer’s craft after a recent batch of related inspiring events including a Dalai Lama visit, plus Chinese medicinal tea from Dr. Wu and the works of Gary Snyder, then ends with a live track called Helicopters by The Stills. Boil … Continue reading Tea with Chinese Masters – Postcard #33 (image)



Baudelaire Considers Ships, Youth and Beauty – Postcard #32

Wed, 19 Jul 2006 16:12:00 +0000

Continuing from the corner garden in the unnamed park, Dave reads from French symbolist (and hopeless romantic) Charles Baudelaire who continues with Joseph Conrad themes of ships, youth and beauty with a piece called “The Beautiful Ship” before gracefully giving way to a song by The Black Tories. Board the vessel for: Baudelaire Considers Ships, … Continue reading Baudelaire Considers Ships, Youth and Beauty – Postcard #32 (image)



Conrad’s Youthful Adventures from an Unnamed Park – Postcard #31

Wed, 19 Jul 2006 15:40:00 +0000

Dave reads from Joseph Conrad’s “Youth: A Narrative” from the community garden in the park with no name near Cambie-land, Vancouver and meanders on about riding trains, steamer ships, expansive seas and erstwhile adventures while immersed in foreign culture and ends with a bit of a seascape tune from an original piece called “The Ferry … Continue reading Conrad’s Youthful Adventures from an Unnamed Park – Postcard #31 (image)



Kerouac’s San Francisco in Dave’s Vancouver – Postcard #30

Sat, 03 Jun 2006 15:11:00 +0000

On a North Van hillside, Dave reads a few choruses from Jack Kerouac’s “San Francisco Blues” and talks about “Ti Jean’s” writing life, including his dexterous style and notable substance – plus expresses affection for Vancouver and the joys of rediscovery. Dream of moonlight for: Kerouac’s San Francisco in Dave’s Vancouver – Postcard #30 (.m4a, … Continue reading Kerouac’s San Francisco in Dave’s Vancouver – Postcard #30 (image)



Rilke’s Letters at a Breezy Island Market – Postcard #29

Sat, 03 Jun 2006 14:52:00 +0000

At Granville Island Market on a breezy spring day, Dave talks about Czech/German/French writer Rainer Maria Rilke and reads from Letter # 10 from “Letters to a Young Poet,” plus offers discourse about the writing life, dealing with creative conditions and personal honesty – plus chats about the charming Vancouver False Creek waterfront. Gaze into … Continue reading Rilke’s Letters at a Breezy Island Market – Postcard #29 (image)



Whitman on the Windy Columbia – Postcard #28

Mon, 29 May 2006 16:20:00 +0000

A personal stirring moment, recorded for Grandpa, Robert Louis Stevenson (RIP) on the windy banks of the Columbia River featuring Walt Whitman’s “To You” – read whilst sitting under a weeping sage tree with toiling barges, endless trains and snowy Mt. Hood in the distance. Watch the river roil for: Whitman on the Windy Columbia … Continue reading Whitman on the Windy Columbia – Postcard #28 (image)



Red-headed Girl in San Francisco from Shelter Cove – Postcard #27

Tue, 07 Mar 2006 19:24:00 +0000

Rather raw, first sampling from the Shelter Crescent session featuring Brad Rees playing electric guitar while I talk and yodel my way around some free-verse – seems to be thinking about waiting for a red-headed girl in San Francisco while drinking. Peek through the curtains for: Red-headed Girl in San Francisco from Shelter Cove – … Continue reading Red-headed Girl in San Francisco from Shelter Cove – Postcard #27 (image)



Henry Going to Galicia from the Woodshed – Postcard #26

Sun, 05 Feb 2006 16:20:00 +0000

Contemplating the edge of the (then known to Western folks) Earth with Henry the Navigator in this sixth instalment of the Woodshed Session featuring Bill Lenker’s guitar stylings / singing and me wondering why he went out into the unknown instead of turning right (or even  left). Sail into the unknown for: Henry Going to … Continue reading Henry Going to Galicia from the Woodshed – Postcard #26 (image)



Curiosity in Rainstorms from the Woodshed – Postcard #25

Sat, 04 Feb 2006 16:20:00 +0000

The fifth Woodshed session choogles along with a free verse extravaganza with Bill Lenker playing on the guitar and singing in-betwixt as I spiel forth words, memories, ideas and rhymes – topics include George Washington bridge, Providence R.I., postcards to friends, and going nowhere. Curiosity in Rainstorms from the Woodshed – Postcard #25 (11:00, .mp3, … Continue reading Curiosity in Rainstorms from the Woodshed – Postcard #25 (image)



Belize and Bookshelf Observations at the Woodshed – Postcard #24

Sat, 04 Feb 2006 00:55:00 +0000

Go on a trip for this next Woodshed session, again Bill Lenker on guitar and singing, and Dave busting some narrative about items on a bookshelf and reminiscing about Caye Caulker, Belize. Belize and Bookshelf Observations at the Woodshed – Postcard #24 (7:22, 7MB, .mp3) Artifacts, from Caye Caulker, Belize, collaged into a static montage … Continue reading Belize and Bookshelf Observations at the Woodshed – Postcard #24 (image)



Temporary Lighthouses from the Woodshed – Postcard #23

Fri, 03 Feb 2006 23:43:00 +0000

Rolling along with the Woodshed Sessions, here’s number 3 … again Bill Lenker’s guitar and songwriting/singing skills along with my free verse and lyrical snippets – this time about lighthouses, aspen trees and an insinuated scandalous incident. Light the signal lamp for: Temporary Lighthouses from the Woodshed – Postcard #23 (7:50, 7MB, .mp3) A lighthouse … Continue reading Temporary Lighthouses from the Woodshed – Postcard #23 (image)



Considering Vancouver Cobblestones from the Woodshed – Postcard #22

Sat, 04 Feb 2006 07:40:00 +0000

The second Woodshed Session again features Bill Lenker on guitar and DaveO with free verse and lyrical snippets. This time, observations from a rainy night in Vancouver is the tangible topic – the intangibles are for you to determine. Considering Vancouver Cobblestones from the Woodshed – Postcard #22 (4:34, 4MB, .mp3) Vancouver’s cobblestones, charming in … Continue reading Considering Vancouver Cobblestones from the Woodshed – Postcard #22 (image)



Cascadia Starlight in a Woodshed Session – Postcard #21

Fri, 03 Feb 2006 23:05:00 +0000

A postcard from (along with the next few) the Steamboat Island woodshed with Bill Lenker’s guitar and vocals (see Postcard #13) dove-tailing with original free verse and lyrical works – fortified with spontaneous word-i-fication. First up in this series comes Bill’s song combined with my semi-rhymey verses about riding trains through Cascadia. All aboard for: … Continue reading Cascadia Starlight in a Woodshed Session – Postcard #21 (image)



Short Fiction, Coincidentally about Drinking – Postcard #20

Tue, 27 Dec 2005 16:20:19 +0000

Out on a nighttime walk, Dave sits in the frosty grass under a tree, by a pond, with a Guinness and reads ‘post-modern’ stories by Murakami Haruki, Raymond Carver, Kelsye Nelson and himself, as well as offering up festivus gift ideas. Pour a sturdy one for: Short Fiction, Coincidentally about Drinking – Postcard #20 (21;20, … Continue reading Short Fiction, Coincidentally about Drinking – Postcard #20 (image)



Snowy Nighttime Porch with Raccoons – Postcard #19

Sun, 04 Dec 2005 16:20:45 +0000

From a snowy porch with raccoons chirping nearby, Dave reads from Richard Brautigan, Phillip Whalen, ee cummings, Walt Whitman plus his original free verse while enjoying Pernod and ginger-ale. Don a toque for: Snowy Nighttime Porch with Raccoons – Postcard #19 (14MB, 15:23, .mp3) Subscribe Auto-magically receive Postcard from Gravelly Beach podcast, via:  PfGB RSS feed  PfGB … Continue reading Snowy Nighttime Porch with Raccoons – Postcard #19 (image)



A Wabi-Sabi, Foggy Morning – Postcard #18

Tue, 22 Nov 2005 16:20:56 +0000

On a foggy morning with Osmanthus tea, Dave reads tales by professor Larry Harper – “The Man Who Loved Provo,” and his own “Right (as in Correctly)” plus a snippet from Natsume Soseki’s very wabi-sabi classic “Kokoro.” Be beautiful in decay for: A Wabi-Sabi, Foggy Morning – Postcard #18 (18:22, 17MB, .mp3) Subscribe Auto-magically receive Postcard … Continue reading A Wabi-Sabi, Foggy Morning – Postcard #18 (image)



Robert Burns on Remembrance Day – Postcard #17

Sun, 13 Nov 2005 00:20:18 +0000

With a head full of cold medicine, Dave reads a haibun poem for Remembrance day and then enjoys John Cairney reading from Robert Burns’ exploits and indiscretions in Edinburgh in a mighty brogue. Dof yer cap for: Robert Burns on Remembrance Day – Postcard #17 (17:04, 17MB, .mp3) Subscribe Auto-magically receive Postcard from Gravelly Beach podcast, … Continue reading Robert Burns on Remembrance Day – Postcard #17 (image)



Rainy Day with Letters and Tolling Bells – Postcard #16

Thu, 03 Nov 2005 00:20:43 +0000

On a rainy day in North Van, Dave – with strong coffee – reads two more “Letters from Russia” plus a breathy bit of Hemingway’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” Ring the bell for: Rainy Day with Letters and Tolling Bells – Postcard #16 (14:06, 13MB, .mp3) Subscribe Auto-magically receive Postcard from Gravelly Beach podcast, via:  … Continue reading Rainy Day with Letters and Tolling Bells – Postcard #16 (image)



Ice Skates and Vancouver Writers – Postcard #15

Sat, 15 Oct 2005 16:20:01 +0000

Dave – on a couch with red wine – reads short story snippets by Gordon Cavenaile and himself, plus a poem by John Barta and part of Hans Brinker to celebrate his new hockey skates. Lace ’em up for: Ice Skates and Vancouver Writers – Postcard #15 (.mp3, 16:46, 15MB) Subscribe Auto-magically receive Postcard from Gravelly … Continue reading Ice Skates and Vancouver Writers – Postcard #15 (image)


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Streaming Consciousness with Joyce from a North Shore Porch – Postcard #14

Sun, 09 Oct 2005 16:20:37 +0000

Dave – from a porch in Vancouver’s North Shore – dedicates his favourite part of James Joyce’s “Ulysses” to a friend, plus reads some of his own short story called “About Being Stabbed in the Forehead.” Open your head for: Streaming Consciousness from a North Shore Porch – Postcard #14 (.mp3, 9:32, 11MB) Subscribe Auto-magically … Continue reading Streaming Consciousness with Joyce from a North Shore Porch – Postcard #14 (image)


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German Countryside Verse and Rimbaud in Bill’s Steamboat Woodshed – Postcard #13

Tue, 27 Sep 2005 16:20:57 +0000

Dave starts the reading on a pier at Capitol lake and continues days later at Bill Lenker’s woodshed on Steamboat Island where he reads original free verse written in German countryside as well as works by French poet, Arthur Rimbaud. Cross the Atlantic for: German Countryside Verse and Rimbaud in Bill’s Steamboat Woodshed – Postcard #13 … Continue reading German Countryside Verse and Rimbaud in Bill’s Steamboat Woodshed – Postcard #13 (image)


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Barflys in the Backyard Reading Bukowski and Kerouac – Postcard #12

Sat, 17 Sep 2005 16:20:31 +0000

DaveO – feeling relaxed – reads from Kerouac’s Some of the Dharma, Bukowski’s Barfly and some of his own love junk while Christopher provides guitar and vocal stylings from the backyard at the Puget house. Pull up a chair for: Barflys in the Backyard Reading Bukowski and Kerouac – Postcard #12 (12:09, .mp3, 11MB) Dave … Continue reading Barflys in the Backyard Reading Bukowski and Kerouac – Postcard #12 (image)


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In Vancouver with Salinger and Disc Golf Hi-jinx – Postcard #11

Tue, 13 Sep 2005 00:20:10 +0000

From Queen Elizabeth Park in beloved Vancouver, DaveO reads from J.D. Salinger’s “For Esme with Love and Squalor” and part of a “Letter from Russia”… until disc-golf hi-jinx ensue! Heads-up for: In Vancouver with Salinger and Disc-golf Hi-jinx – Postcard #11 (10:27, .mp3, 10MB) Subscribe Auto-magically receive Postcard from Gravelly Beach podcast, via:  PfGB RSS feed  … Continue reading In Vancouver with Salinger and Disc Golf Hi-jinx – Postcard #11 (image)


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Kerouac Rides West and Dave Hitches North – Postcard #10

Thu, 08 Sep 2005 16:20:49 +0000

From a backyard in OlyWa, Dave reads from Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” and a bit of hitch-hike narrative of his own recounting a trip up from North Carolina to Rhode Island during a cold November – backed with more smoking jazz tracks by Joe Williamson and colleagues in Banff circa 1990. Stick out your … Continue reading Kerouac Rides West and Dave Hitches North – Postcard #10 (image)


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Aerogrammes to Utah, St. Louis and the Gulf Coast – Postcard #9

Sun, 04 Sep 2005 16:20:00 +0000

Dave O reads a Utah writer variety pack from Pe Ell, Washington featuring Françios Camoin, Levi Peterson, and Ed Abbey (more Ed – interview and article in Canyon Country Zephyr) plus an original essay about Glen Canyon Dam. Then, Lewis and Clark check in from their homestretch after scoring some whiskey, and Dave enlists the … Continue reading Aerogrammes to Utah, St. Louis and the Gulf Coast – Postcard #9 (image)


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Lewis and Clark move west, Ed Abbey’s wisdom and Uncle Weed’s story – Postcard #8

Sat, 03 Sep 2005 00:20:00 +0000

In Volume 8, while in Pe Ell, WA, DaveO reads from Lewis and Clarks’ journals as they lose horses on Sept. 3rd, then Ed Abbey foretells the future in his modern classic, “Desert Solitaire”, then the Uncle Weed story continues with jovial demonstrations of eco-sabotage and desert enjoyment while camping with kids . Saddle up for: … Continue reading Lewis and Clark move west, Ed Abbey’s wisdom and Uncle Weed’s story – Postcard #8 (image)


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Kerouac in Mexico, Snyder in Japan and Jazz from Banff – Postcard #7

Thu, 01 Sep 2005 00:20:00 +0000

In Volume 7, Dave, chilling with sake and smoking jazz tracks, reads from Jack Kerouac‘s “Lonesome Traveller,” “Mexico City Blues” and “American Haiku”; Gary Snyder from “The Backcountry”; and haiku from masters Issa Kobayashi and Basho; and finally his own original haiku and haibun. Chill out with: Kerouac in Mexico, Snyder in Japan and Jazz from … Continue reading Kerouac in Mexico, Snyder in Japan and Jazz from Banff – Postcard #7 (image)


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Rousseau Confesses and more Letters from Russia – Postcard #6

Wed, 31 Aug 2005 00:20:00 +0000

In Volume six, DaveO sits with ducks at Olympia’s Capitol Lake on a windy day and reads from Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s “Confessions” and offers a bit of discourse on transparency, plus reads two more original “Letters from Russia” epistolary literature. Sit down for: Rousseau Confesses and more Letters from Russia – Postcard #6 (10:00, 11MB, mp3, … Continue reading Rousseau Confesses and more Letters from Russia – Postcard #6 (image)


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Uncle Weed and Ed Abbey head to Canyonlands – Postcard #5

Fri, 26 Aug 2005 00:20:00 +0000

In Volume five, DaveO hangs out in the dark at Olympia’s Seven Oars park and reads Part 2 of Uncle Weed’s Red Rock Adventure, chats about Edward Abbey, and reads from Ed’s “Desert Solitaire” (scored fresh from Olympia’s Last Word Books). https://archive.org/download/UncleWeedAndEdAbbeyHeadToCanyonlandsPostcard5/Uncle%20Weed%20and%20Ed%20Abbey%20head%20to%20Canyonlands%20-%20Postcard%20%235.mp3 Go into the canyons for Uncle Weed and Ed Abbey head to Canyonlands – … Continue reading Uncle Weed and Ed Abbey head to Canyonlands – Postcard #5 (image)


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Russian Epics, French Poems and Irish Beer – Postcard #4

Thu, 25 Aug 2005 00:20:00 +0000

In Volume 4, DaveO reads from his own “Letters from Russia,” Leo Tolstoy’s epic “War and Peace” and a bit of French poetry while fumbling with pronunciation and enjoying a Guinness in the nighttime garden. https://archive.org/download/RussianEpicsFrenchPoemsAndIrishBeer-Postcard4/Russian%20Epics%2C%20French%20Poems%20and%20Irish%20Beer%20%E2%80%93%20Postcard%20%234.mp3 Wander along for Russian epics, French poems and Irish beer – Postcard #4 (19:22, 20MB, stereo, .mp3) Countryside, watercolour … Continue reading Russian Epics, French Poems and Irish Beer – Postcard #4 (image)


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HD Thoreau and GG Marquez Along for the Ride – Postcard #3

Tue, 23 Aug 2005 16:20:00 +0000

In Volume 3, Dave reads from Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden” and “Civil Disobedience” plus Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “100 Years of Solitude” and his own Portuguese Snapshots. https://archive.org/download/HDThoreauAndGGMarquezAlongForTheRide-Postcard3/HD%20Thoreau%20and%20GG%20Marquez%20Along%20for%20the%20Ride%20%E2%80%93%20Postcard%20%233.mp3 Hop a train for HD Thoreau and GG Marquez Along for the Ride – Postcard #3 (13:20, 14MB. stereo, .mp3) Snapshot: fishing boats at rest in Salema, Algarve, Portugal … Continue reading HD Thoreau and GG Marquez Along for the Ride – Postcard #3 (image)


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Remembering Florida, Heading to Japan, Wandering with Walt – Postcard #2

Tue, 23 Aug 2005 00:20:00 +0000

Postcard #2 in which Dave reads from Gary Snyder’s “Left out in the Rain,” Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” and from original short story, “I Remember Florida.” https://archive.org/download/RememberingFloridaHeadingToJapanWanderingWithWaltPostcard2/Remembering%20Florida%2C%20Heading%20to%20Japan%2C%20Wandering%20with%20Walt%20-%20Postcard%20%232.mp3 Prepare yourself for Remembering Florida, Heading to Japan, Wandering with Walt – Postcard #2 (10MB, 11:06, .mp3, stereo) (this curious image was scavenged from the interweb, if someone takes … Continue reading Remembering Florida, Heading to Japan, Wandering with Walt – Postcard #2 (image)


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Heading Out with Weed and Trout – Postcard #1

Sat, 20 Aug 2005 00:01:00 +0000

In podcast Volume 1, DaveO reads from his original “Uncle Weed’s Red Rock Adventure” plus a snippet from Richard Brautigan’s “Trout Fishing in America” and introduces the spoken word literature show thusly: “Postcards from Gravelly Beach” is an occasionally-brewed podshow featuring spoken word with bits of literary discourse and maybe some tunes from time to … Continue reading Heading Out with Weed and Trout – Postcard #1 (image)


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